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March 15, 2009.  The winter of 2009 was cold and  snowy and the spring thaws are starting.  The Cannonball was rising steadily. We could hear the river roaring from the yard.  The river is 1 mile south of the house.  Lots of snow left to melt yet.....

2009 03-15 Snowman of the year, just before the thaw started 03-18-09 looking west Dam on section 23
filling up 03-18-09
03-19-09 looking east
03-19-09 looking west from bridge 03-19-09 looking east from bridge 03-19-09 03-19-09
03-20-09   03-20-09 cleaning out a culvert by 23 03-20-09 culvert running full 03-20-09 on section south of house looking east
03-20-09 handsome guy by the  old bridge washed out in 1950.
Our farm north in the background
03-20-09 on Grammas 03-20-09 looking across Cannonball to southwest 03-20-09 looking across Cannonball to southwest
03-20-09  Section 27 looking east 03-20-09  from bridge looking west 03-20-09  Somebody's fence is starting to go down the river Note the bird nests under the bridge
03-20-09
The Cannonball river crested sometime over the night on March 20-21 (first day of spring coincidentally) 
Kerry and I watched it until dark but did not get to see it at the highest mark.
I tried to match these two photos together to show river backing up into Oscars corn  field  March 21, 2009 Normal size of Cannonball, this photo taken the fall of 2007 looking NW Looking west towards Oscars.
These photos all taken March 21 2009.  Ice jam starts just before where old bridge was ripped out in flood of 1950 Looking west towards Oscars. Looking north towards our farm.  Looking northwest up the Cannonball. 
Kerry, farm in background There were 2 beavers swimming    
Two beavers just south of bridge
 looking east towards Keaton's farm
  Ice jam on Grammas straight down section line  
  Cannonball backed up into Keaton's school quarter Cannonball backed up into Keaton's school quarter Dam filled up on North section 23
I merged a bunch of photos so you can see from the northwest all the way around the corner and ice jam to the bridge
water is a little higher in afternoon old bridge location looking towards farm from the east Checking culverts/one is bent
The Cannonball river jam at the old bridge released the night of March 21-22 and then jammed up at the current bridge.  It appeared that the icebergs were hitting & scraping the bottom of the bridge.  All the bird nests got scraped off the walls of the pillar supports, and where the beavers were hanging out along the banks yesterday, there are now huge icebergs laying around.  We did not get to see the highest water as once again, it happened at night.
Note the bird nests under the bridge
03-20-09
bird nests gone 03-22-09
(so is the fence!)
east of bridge icebergs in pasture
Same pic for both, just made some notes to mark the waterline on second one old bridge area cleared out river to northwest cleared out
looking west from bridge 03 22 09 you can see how high the water got the night of March 22. Ice bergs laying along the banks looking straight north along the old road and bridge
Oscar's draining after the ice jam clears out ice bergs sitting on the banks our farm with flooded fields water over the road by section 23 north east side
dirt clumps pushed up by ice river fence out flattened river fence on Grammas grounded ice bergs
Grammas Grammas Grammas Big ice berg
Kerry and ice bergs Tall ice berg On grammas ice bergs on Grammas
Blizzard hit on March 24th, 2009  got around 12 inches we think
 
 
March 24, 2009 Blizzard
Garage door, snow packed in
All white again Coffee break Nice ear flapper hat, Does anyone
from North Dakota not own one???
March 24, 2009 front of
house looking east
March 24, 2009 March 24, 2009 March 24, 2009 March 24, 2009 Clearing a path
We got out March 25, 2009 March 25, 2009 Slope Electric March 25, 2009 Farmers Union March 25, 2009 Elevator Row
March 25, 2009 Main St.
New England
March 25, 2009 Main Street
New England
March 25, 2009 Reenie's house March 25, 2009 Regi's house
March 25, 2009 Tip Top Auto March 25, 2009 Congregational March 25, 2009 Congregational March 25, 2009
March 25, 2009 School March 25, 2009 School March 25, 2009  towards Selinger's March 25, 2009
March 25, 2009 Grammas March 25, 2009 Dickinson Villard March 25, 2009 looking east from highway 22 on Havelock road March 25, 2009 Nesjas trees
looking east
 
March 25, 2009 Cannonball
looking west
March 25, 2009 Cannonball
looking east
March 25, 2009 Driveway  
Another storm hit March 30, 2009 got alot more, maybe 14 to 17 inches??
March 30, 2009 March 30, 2009 March 30, 2009 March 30, 2009
April 1, 2009 digging out again April 1, 2009 road to mailbox April 1, 2009 headed west to
Nesja's trees
April 1, 2009 going through
Nesja's trees
April 1, 2009 Black butte from
highway 22
April 1, 2009 elevator road April 1, 2009 Devon's farm April 1, 2009 Dickinson
Melting out again!!!! On April 14 the river came up enough to float the icebergs once more!!
The water washed over the roads in many places
Sec 26 east of Keaton's, west of 23, south of Connie's qtr NE Sec 23 washed out    
River April 13, some icebergs back floating looking west Cannonball River April 13, looking east from bridge Kerry Apr 14, 2009 Looking south towards river April 14 2009
East side of bridge Apr 14, 2009 West of bridge Apr 14, 2009 South west of bridge Apr 14, 2009 Looking toward Keaton's from mailbox
Grammas Apr 14, 2009 Stock dam on SE 1/4 sec 23 full!! Hay in water Antelope herd Apr 16, 2009
River going down Apr 17, 2009
looking west from bridge
River going down Apr 17, 2009
looking west from bridge
Deer lounging south of
bridge Apr 17, 2009
Tractor blew a piston photos shows going in for repairs Apr 18, 2009
Deer ate all the branches/leaves 8 ft up on the pines, April 19, 2009 Rabbits girdled many deciduous trees
     
Chokecherries girdled Cedar & apple trees girdled
We still have lots of snow in the shelterbelts April 19, 2009
   
       
       
       
       
       
       
 
 
 
 
 

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